Monday, 30 September 2013

Happiness

True happiness needs no reason, 
no special equipment, no money, 
no perfect moment, no permission, 
no justification, and no ideal circumstances.   
Being happy is about folding back into 
something already innate in you. 
 – Robert Holden

Friday, 27 September 2013

Circumstances

Understand that although we may well wish 
to do what we are supposed to do, 
circumstances will conspire 
to ensure that it is not always possible.
- Author Unknown

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Allow

Give up trying to “make it happen” 
and…[a]llow for the possibility 
of a better way and an easier way. 
 – Robert Holden

Monday, 23 September 2013

Who

Satisfaction does not stem 
from what we do, 
but from who we get to be 
while we are doing it. 
 – Laura Berman Fortgang

Friday, 20 September 2013

September 20, 2013 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer  

   I get some interesting reactions from people when I tell them I have a stressed liver. 

   Some are sure I need a liver transplant.  I don’t.  My liver is merely tired from working too hard.  It is not damaged. 

   Some need a “label” (aka diagnosis) to wrap their heads around what my situation is.  A stressed liver obviously isn’t a good enough description or label in their minds.  They want to hear that I have something more exotic like fibromyalgia or celiac disease.  A stressed liver is too plain and ordinary.

   Others say: “Never heard of it” or “an organ can’t be stressed” and they completely shut down.  As far as they are concerned, if they have not heard of it, it doesn't exist, and for them, it doesn’t and never will.

   It is entirely possible for any body part or organ to be stressed.  A heart attack results from a stressed heart.  Diabetes is from a severely stressed pancreas.  Cramps are the result of stressed muscles.  I could go on and on.

   There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio/Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. “  Shakespeare, Hamlet   

   There really is so little we truly know about our world, our bodies, and even ourselves. 

  We should be willing to learn what we can and invite conversation by saying, “I’ve never heard of it.  Tell me more…”
 
Beth
 
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Gone

We don’t need to learn how to let go, 
we just need to recognize 
when something is already gone.
 – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Monday, 16 September 2013

Letting go

Sometimes letting things go 
is an act of far greater power 
than defending or hanging on.  
 - Eckhart Tolle

Friday, 13 September 2013

Improve

When you improve a little each day, 
eventually big things occur.  
 – John Wooden

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Monday, 9 September 2013

Belief

A belief is not an idea held by the mind, 
it is an idea that holds the mind.  
 - Elly Roselle

Friday, 6 September 2013

September 6, 2013 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer

   Well, since I wrote my last editorial, I have learnt that I am showing steady (albeit very slow) improvement, and I found out I was much worse than I ever thought or considered possible. 

   I was told in a follow-up appointment that 4 months ago, at my first appointment, on a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being worst), I was 30+ and very close to death!  I am now at a 10, which is definite improvement, however I am still dangerously sick.  I’m just not facing imminent death like I (unknowingly) was before.

   It also seems I may have had this health problem for my entire life.  Not only was it a shock to discover how seriously ill I was, it has also been a shock to discover that even when I felt my healthiest, I was only about 10 - 15% healthy!  I guess I have never felt truly healthy in my life.

   Our bodies are quite amazing when you consider how they keep going no matter how bad they are, or how much we may abuse them.  Your organs and systems will continue to work to keep you alive even if conditions are such that they are only operating at 10% capacity.

   So, I am now facing an even longer road ahead of me as I journey towards total health, but instead of retracing my steps along a familiar route, it seems I am venturing onto a path I’ve never been on before.

   As I move forward into this great unknown territory, I am discovering  (slowly) that life isn’t really as hard or challenging as we tend to perceive it to be, or make it.  Life is really easy...if we choose to let it be.
 
Beth
 
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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Questions

What shapes our lives 
are the questions we ask, 
refuse to ask, 
or never think to ask.   
– Sam Keen

Monday, 2 September 2013

Deciding


Every moment of your life 
you are deciding 
1) who you are, 
2) what you want, 
3) what you can do, and 
4) what you deserve and what you don’t. 
 – Robert Holden